Introducing the Australian Standardised Spelling Age Test, the most current & relevant spelling age test available to Australian teachers, from 3P Learning, the team behind Mathletics, Spellodrome and IntoScience.
“I believe that these new calculations are most likely more accurate than the original SAST results.” ~ Dr Tony Stokes, Senior Lecturer in Economics at The Australian Catholic University.
Standardised spelling ages based on over 5,000 Australian sample students
Independently assessed, verified and standardised by Dr Anthony Stokes of the Australian Catholic University – January 2013
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What is the Australian Standardised Spelling Age Test?
The Australian Standardised Spelling Test (ASSAT) is a norm-referenced assessment, which compares the performance of students to that of a reference group of peers.
Is it suitable for all students?
The Australian Standardised Spelling Test is suitable for students aged 5-15 years. It can be administered to a whole class, group or individual student.
Is this test properly scaffolded?
The word list is graded in difficulty and is based on many variations of lists including common sight words, commonly misspelled words, essential word lists and word lists recommended in state and national curriculums.
How is spelling knowledge tested?
The test is based on the theory that proficient spellers draw on four main areas of knowledge when attempting to spell words correctly: Visual Knowledge (the way words and letter combinations look), Phonological Knowledge (how words and letter combinations sound), Morphemic Knowledge (the meaning of words and the way words take different spellings when they change form) and Etymological Knowledge (the origins of words).
Spellodrome Spelling Data Report – 7 January 2013
Prepared by Dr Anthony Stokes, Australian Catholic University. Click here for the full Spelling Data Report.
A sample of just over 4400 students was used to estimate average spelling scores that would reflect particular ages of students.
Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyse the sample provided. Ordinary least squared regression was used to calculate the scores that would reflect the various age categories of the students. This is a superior method for measuring patterns and trends as it uses all the sample of 4400 students to measure the age/spelling score relationship, rather than the number in a particular age category, which will always be much smaller, and as a result less accurate.
Interpretation of the Results
The ages have been broken up to provide scores of students in the bottom 10% of the age group, the bottom 25%, the median score, and the top 25% of the scores. These results are only provided as a guide to how a student’s score would reflect their performance compared to the other students of their age in this sample. It could be viewed that students that are close to or below the bottom 25% score should be considered for some extra remediation.